COVID-19: Seven corona-suspects await results in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad: The State Government is awaiting results of the seven corona-suspected cases in the state.

As of Saturday, the health department has collected 27 samples, out of which 20 have been confirmed negative. The remaining seven patients are in hospital under observation.

The government had identified 378 passengers for possible virus infection. Of them, 153 people are under home isolation while 218 have completed the 28-day observation period.

Medical shops raided for selling masks in black

Meanwhile, with complaints about sale of masks and sanitizers at exorbitant costs, drug inspectors conducted a massive drive and raided 382 shops, across the State.

A case has also been booked against a medical store in Ongole (Lakshmi Nancharamma Medical and Fancy stores) for selling face masks for Rs 20 per piece as against the MRP of Rs 7.50.

Meanwhile, to allay fears of the people, the government clarified that masks were not out of stock.

“The Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and Key Starting Materials (KSMs) available with major manufacturers will last till April-end. Sufficient stocks of face masks are available in the State,” said the Director of Health and Family Welfare, in a statement.

Four state level ToTs (Training of Trainers), having undergone orientation in New Delhi, will train teams between March 9 and 13 on corona management procedures.

A 24×7 Control Room has been set up in the State (0866-2410978) and all districts.

Advisory to foreign returned citizens

The government has advised people, who arrived from corona-affected countries, to remain under home isolation for 28 days from the date of arrival in India, “irrespective of whether they have the symptoms or not.” Such citizens have also been asked to avoid close contact with family members and avoid visiting public places.

In case people show symptoms of fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, they can avail free transport arranged by the government by dialing 108 for ambulance facility.

People may also dial the 24×7 control room 0866-2410978 for emergencies. 104 Helpline (Toll free number) has been operationalized for providing health advice on COVID-19.

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